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Physically, he looks the part. Standing in at 6’0, 202 pounds, Awuzie ran a blazing 4.43 40 time at the combine. He also had an impressive 11-foot broad jump, second-best among all prospects this year.

“I’m a cornerback that thinks like a Mike linebacker,” he told SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner in an interview.

I don’t mean to dismiss the Journal’s data out of hand. It’s clear that quarterbacks from losing college teams have generally fallen short in the NFL. But in Mahomes’ case, the gap between offense and defense makes it hard to focus on a won-lost record at all.

A more serious concern is that quarterbacks from air raid offenses, like Mahomes’ at Texas Tech, have struggled to thrive in NFL offenses. That’s a legitimate cause for worry, even if you believe in Mahomes’ ability.

But pro offenses have come in recent years to look more like the air raid. The Patriots have used scores of former air raid receivers and air raid concepts. It might be time for the league to adapt to air raid QBs on a broader scale. That would be great news for players like Mahomes.

Maybe Mahomes will be a dominant NFL quarterback for years. Maybe he won’t.

Talent, work ethic, scheme fit, and injuries will help decide his fate. His terrible defenses at Texas Tech won’t have anything to do with it. “I think [Atkins] showed that if you can play, you can play no matter your size,” Donald told the MMQB. “If you can be productive, make plays and help the team win games, that’s what it’s all about. He did that and all the teams passed on him Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys because they thought he was undersized. I bet a lot of teams are regretting that now. He’s one of the best three techniques in the MLB Jerseys China NFL for sure. The success he’s having in the NFL, I think he paved the way for a lot of guys that were undersized.”

Samuel’s best fit at the next level is as a slot receiver

Mixon, 20, may be the most talented running back in the draft class. Only Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey finished the 2016 season with more all-purpose yards per game in the FBS, but Mixon provided those skills at nearly 30 pounds heavier than McCaffrey.

He averaged 6.7 yards per carry over his 300 career carries at Oklahoma with 17 touchdowns on the ground, nine touchdown receptions, one kickoff returned for a touchdown, and even a touchdown pass.

But his actions off the field will keep him under the microscope as he begins his NFL career. And it’s likely the reason why Leonard Fournette, Dalvin Cook, and McCaffrey all went ahead of Mixon:

This is the million-dollar question. Samuel’s best fit at the next level is as a slot receiver, but he’s demonstrated that he can be prolific as a receiver and on the ground. He could be used as a multi-dimensional offensive weapon.

Samuel worked out with the receivers at the combine, but he said he’s not just a receiver.

“I can’t say I feel like a full-time receiver still, just because of my running back background,” Samuel said. “I love to run the ball. I love to catch. I’d say I’m Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping both. I’m still a hybrid.”

His speed helps, no matter how he gets the ball in his hands. Samuel was the third-fastest player at the NFL Combine, with a 4.31-second 40-yard dash. The Browns are rumored Cheap Liverpool Soccer Jerseys to be split between Garrett and Trubisky for the first pick, and — call me naive — but I actually believe them. But I’d still guess they lean toward Garrett, and settle for another quarterback. In this case, it’s Deshaun Watson, the second quarterback off the board who gets a receiver to work with in the second round.

Rex Ryan officially joins ESPN for ‘Sunday NFL Countdown‘

The Rex Ryan era in Buffalo didn t end the way he wanted after his firing, but the now-former Bills coach has a new job with ESPN, the network announced on Monday.

In September, Ryan will make weekly appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown. He will make his ESPN debut on Saturday, April 8, where he will call the Florida State spring game.

This is the NHL’s decision, and its alone. It is very unfortunate for the game, the players and millions of loyal hockey fans.”
There are a few points to be made here, but the NHLPA s stance is clearly one of dissent from the NHL. If the words adamantly disagree weren t enough, they go on to call the decision shortsighted and unfortunate.

The statement argues that the schedule concerns Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA shutting down the league for three weeks in mid-February are a small price to pay for showcasing the sport. The players also say that the decision actually negatively impacts the growth of hockey by not participating in the 2018 Olympics.

There is question, however, about the NHLPA s claims that the financial issues over insurance and transportation were resolved with the IOC.

Regardless, it s a biting statement from the NHLPA and one that signals that this fight may not be over between the players and the league. With the NHL s collective bargaining agreement up for termination in two years, how the players and league management Cheap NBA Jerseys From China handle this could be a roadmap for how well those negotiations could go.

Ravens vs. Bears 2017: Chicago wins at home in overtime against Baltimore

A batch of rough weather and an overtime period kept Bears fans around a lot longer than expected on Sunday. Still, the outcome of the Week 11 contest against the Ravens ended in a joyous victory for the home crowd. Despite starting backup Josh McCown, the Bears were able to defeat the defending Super Bowl champions with a 23-20 victory in overtime.

The close win was highlighted by the connection of McCown and second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The former second-round pick was able to compile a total of 100 yards on offense and helped the Bears win the game. On the other side, Ray Rice had his best outing of the year, but it was not enough to win the game.

Blank apparently doesn’t see Smith as the problem, and defended him and general manager Thomas Dimitroff publicly following the team’s 41-28 loss to the previously one-win Bucs last Sunday.

We love our head coach and we love our general manager. It’s up to them to candidly look at everybody — candidly, honestly, critically — and see what we have to do. There should be nobody that escapes that critique. That’s their job, and I have confidence they’ll do it. And they are doing it. And they will do it.
The implication seems to be that major changes will be in store for the Falcons after the season, but that Smith and Dimitroff won’t be among them.

Smith led the Falcons to a 13-3 regular season and a trip to the NFC championship Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys last year and was expected to improve on that performance in 2017, but a myriad of injuries and execution issues have kept the Falcons grounded.

The 54-year-old Smith, whom Blank hired in 2008, was Cheap Jerseys Toronto 56-24 in Atlanta coming into this season and has reached the playoffs in four of his five years. His worst finish was a 9-7 mark in 2009.

Rob Gronkowski blames Patriots, not officials, for loss to Panthers

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski believes he was held on the last play of a Monday Night Football matchup against the Carolina Panthers, but he was unwilling to place blame on the officials for the loss when he spoke to the media after the game.

While Gronkowski admitted that he felt he was held by Panthers second-year linebacker Luke Kuechly on the final play of the game, he told Field Yates of ESPN Boston that the game can’t be boiled down to a single play:

Confidence is good, but Richardson’s reaction is curious. Most players would support a teammate having an elite season like Wilkerson. He has amassed 31 tackles, 8.0 sacks as two forced fumbles in 2017, and should be a lock to make the Pro Bowl — instead the rookie is electing to talk up his own game:

“I told him I ain’t trying to be second to nobody … even my own damn teammates!” Richardson said. “No! It’s not going to happen!”
There’s no denying Richardson isn’t having a good season. He’s in the running for Defensive Rookie of the Year with 41 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but he’s not at Wilkerson’s level — not yet. One scout believes he’s a special player, but needs to keep working:

“He’s a beast,” said a scout, whose team had Richardson as one of the top-five players on their draft board. “There’s no question that if he improves his work habits, he’ll be a special player. Football means something to him. He loves it.”

The New York Jets are one of the league’s best defensive Cheap Nike Jerseys teams and hit when they selected Richardson with the team’s first-round pick. Remaining humble will be the key to his NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys development forward, as he wouldn’t be the first player to have great success early and then flame out.

Chipper Jones’ memoir includes the story of Greg Maddux peeing on him

Chipper Jones, former Atlanta Braves starting third baseman and baseball hero, has just released a memoir, as old stars often do. And oh, boy! Looks like some fun was had back in those locker rooms!

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With Odor, who had six horses already at his home in Venezuela, the kicker for the Rangers was easy.

When I go see my horses, I relax and forget about everything, and that’s why I love it, Odor told Pat Doney of NBC 5 in Dallas this week. I think it started when I was a little kid. My family on my mom’s side used to have a ranch, and I used to go there.

Odor seemed relaxed last season when the 22-year-old led the Rangers with 33 home runs, except for maybe that one game against the Toronto Blue Jays when he punched Jose Bautista.

Tackle Storm Norton and guard Mike Ebert played at an all-conference level as seniors, and guard Paul Perschon was a senior as well. Still, there was some juggling up front; only Norton and Perschon started all 13 games, and five started between six and 10 games. In-season continuity is a huge issue for a line, and Toledo improved despite lacking it.

That allows for hope. Four of those six-to-10ers are back, and three are seniors. And while star rusher Kareem Hunt is gone, the returning backs are exciting. Terry Swanson has rushed for 2,238 yards and 17 touchdowns in three years and has caught 35 passes as well. He’s perhaps ready for a starring role.

Sophomore Art Thompkins was tantalizing; he rushed 20 times for 164 yards in Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys mop-up duty against Maine and Fresno State, and with Toledo’s reputation for developing ball-carriers, one assumes he’ll thrive in a larger role.

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Texans vs. Cardinals 2017 odds: Arizona narrowly favored at home

Oh, look, Percy Harvin returns just in time to play against his old team. That’s the top line for coverage around this game, but it’s hardly the same Vikings team Harvin played for last year, partly because of Harvin’s absence … but only partly.

The Giants have won three games in a row, and the Packers are starting Scott Tolzien. Slam dunk, right? Not so fast.

I don’t buy the Giants as a 6-point favorite, even with all the Green Bay injuries beyond just Aaron Rodgers. For starters, the Packers have shown a knack for pressuring quarterbacks. Their adjusted sack rate (sacks per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance and opponent by Football Outsiders) is nine percent, the fifth-best mark in the NFL. I’m also not sure I trust the Giants to be consistent for four weeks in a row, at least not enough to beat the Packers by six.

The Arizona Cardinals will take on the Houston Texans for their Week 10 matchup on Sunday. Arizona (4-4) is doing better than anticipated this season, but they’re still far behind both the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West. Houston (2-6) is far behind their AFC South rivals, and currently ride a six-game losing skid after opening the season with two consecutive wins.

The oddsmakers aren’t confident in either team being heavily favored in this one. The Texans are the better team on paper, but they’ve failed to execute this season. That shows in the opening line, as Arizona opened as 3-point favorites, which is likely due to home-field advantage. The line has narrowed further throughout the week, with the Cardinals as low as 1-point favorites on some books.

In other words, the Texans would probably be slight favorites if the game was played at their stadium, as well. The over/under for the matchup is set at 41 points. That total Cheap Football Jerseys has Cheap Giants Jerseys gone over in six of Houston’s lat nine games and under in five of Arizona’s last seven games.

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The 2017 World Baseball Classic schedule is winding down, but the action is ramping up. Initially panned by many MLB fans, the WBC has offered compelling action and plenty of highlights, not the least of which was Adam Jones’ HR-robbing catch for the ages that helped catapult Team USA into Tuesday’s semifinal game against Japan.

Here’s what you need to know about the survive-and-advance game in Los Angeles.

The United States will send Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark to the mound, and Japan is expected to give the ball to right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano.

When is the 2017 World Baseball Classic championship?

The winner of the United States-Japan game will play Puerto Rico for the championship at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Puerto Rico defeated the Netherlands, 4-3, in 11 innings Monday in the other semifinal game.

Four eligible players since 1960, with one enshrined, is a small sample size from which to draw conclusions. Still, it doesn’t bode well for Donaldson. It suggests, perhaps, that the average Hall of Famer is playing longer or that voters are less forgiving of candidates whose cases are based around good peak value but not necessarily longevity.

If Donaldson manages to get to 30 Wins Above Average while playing past 8,000 plate appearances, his chances could paradoxically get worse. Ninety-seven players have hit these numbers. Of them, 65 are in the Hall of Fame, 11 aren’t yet eligible for the Hall of Fame and 21 are eligible but not enshrined.

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Blake Bortles has spent the past two months working on his mechanics with his throwing coaches at 3DQB in California, not worrying about whether the Jacksonville Jaguars want him around in 2018.

That doesn’t mean Bortles is ignoring Pittsburgh Steelers Cheap Jerseys the fact that the 2017 season is make-or-break for him in Jacksonville. He said he’s just not worrying about it.

“Well I think just like with everything we’ve done from the end of the season until now, we get a lot of input from our coaches, we’ve got OTAs, we’ve got minicamps, we’ve got a lot of things between now and then to see where he is at, but I don’t think any decision will be made until closer to May,” Caldwell said.

The win was the fourth straight for the Blue Jackets, gave them their first 100-point season and moved them into a tie with Washington for the NHL’s best record with 11 games left.

“It’s tight,” Dubinsky said of the standings. “We’re going to just keep pushing and keep looking up. The sky’s the limit. We’ll see how far we can get.”

This game was also one for the record book.

This was only the third time in NHL history that a team scored twice in a game on penalty shots. Thomas Gradin and Ivan Hlinka of Vancouver did it against Detroit in 1982, and Ryane Clowe and Joe Thornton of San Jose converted against Washington in 2009.

Boone Jenner added two goals, one short-handed San Jose Sharks Cheap Jerseys and the other into an empty net. Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 saves for Columbus, which is 12-3-1 in its past 16 games.

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The Chicago Bears will be without seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs for an extended period of time although he will not need surgery to repair his injured shoulder, as Pro Football Talk reports he will miss 4-6 weeks.

Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey had to leave the game on Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts after re-injuring his left foot, according to the Denver Post.

Bailey missed the first five games of the season and was limited in the sixth with a left foot issue that has bothered him since the preseason and cropped up once again in the second quarter versus Indianapolis as he attempted to make a tackle.

With Bailey out of the lineup, the Broncos went with a starting corner duo of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Keyvon Webster. Ultimately, neither did much to stop Andrew Luck and the Colts who racked up 39 points in handing Denver its first defeat of the season.

With the severity of the injury still unknown, it is tough to say whether Bailey will be out for next weeks contest against the Washington Redskins. However, should the Broncos hold him out, Bailey would have two weeks before their next game with a bye coming up.

Briggs, 32, has never missed more than two games in any of his first 10 seasons in the NFL, as he’s played in 163 of 167 possible games since he was drafted in the third-round of the 2003 NFL Draft. Through seven games in 2013, Briggs has tallied two sacks, two forced fumbles, eight passes defended and 64 tackles.

The loss of Briggs is a big one for the Bears, as the team already ranks in the bottom five of the NFL in points allowed. Through seven games, the Bears defense has not yet held a team under 20 points and ranks in the bottom 10 at both stopping the pass and the run.

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